“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
The 7 of Swords is often seen as a card of thievery, deception and self-deception. From a spiritual point of view, the only thing that matters (because it is the only parameter within our control) is that we are truthful with ourselves.
The ego loves to deceive because that is how it stays in control. The lies we tell ourselves every day about ourselves, what we are capable of, the nature of life itself and the evil nature of others (projections) will not dissipate until we are willing to go into the silence and become the observers of our own thoughts. This is a process and does not happen overnight. The observing Higher Mind has to be ever vigilant.
In the legal system in many countries, people are still made to place their hand on the Bible before giving testimony. This is a sort of self-check system which makes the witness have to face their own integrity levels because he is placing his hand on an item which represents that which is considered holy, pure and sacred.
Would that more of us would do that, at least inwardly, before we speak because even those of us who only speak ‘innocent’ white lies or exaggerate the truth, create icky energy to be around and hold ourselves back from truly being who we are… And who we truly are is always so much better than the mask or persona we create with our lies.
“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
― Philip K. Dick
Affirmation: “I allow my Higher Self to check my and edit my thoughts for truth; I speak without embellishments.”
7 of Swords Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), forgive me my self-deception and help me be honest in thought, word and deed. So mote it be! (Listen to prayer on Instagram)
Correspondences for the 7 of Swords
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Archangel: Gabriel (ruler of the Moon) and Uriel (angel of Aquarius)
Gemstone: Amazonite, lapis lazuli and celestite
Scent: Sulfur, mushroom and metal
Deck used: Nefertari’s Tarot